Toronto Maple Leafs centre Mikhail Grabovski and left winger Nikolai Kulemin (back) are congratulated after Grabovski's goal against the Buffalo Sabres during first period NHL action in Toronto on Tuesday January 10, 2012. Grabovski has been named the NHL's first star of the week for the three-day stretch prior to the all-star break. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Toronto Maple Leafs centre Mikhail Grabovski has been named the NHL's first star of the week for the three-day stretch prior to the all-star break.
Grabovski had a league-leading five points (one goal, four assists) in Toronto's consecutive wins over the New York Islanders.
The 27-year-old had in assist in the Maple Leafs' 3-0 home win against the Isles on Jan. 23 before adding a goal an three assists in a 4-3 overtime victory a day later.
Second star honours went to Nashville's Pekka Rinne. The Predators goaltender extended his personal win streak to nine games with two victories. The 29-year-old had a 1.00 goals-against average and .961 save percentage in wins over Columbus and Chicago.
The third star was Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson. The 39-year-old, who is coming of the weekend all-star break where he served as captain of one of the two teams, had two goals in two games for Ottawa.
Alfredsson also got a standing ovation from his home crowd at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa after scoring two goals 1:31 apart in the second period of Sunday's all-star game to turn a 5-4 deficit into a 6-5 lead.
Team Alfredsson ended up losing to Team Chara 12-9.